In the world of cricket, some names resonate with excellence, and Virat Kohli is undoubtedly one of those names. The Indian batting maestro recently added another feather to his cap by scoring his third World Cup century and 48th ODI century in a dominant performance against Bangladesh.
The stage was set in Pune with India chasing a target of 257 runs. Openers Shubman Gill and skipper Rohit Sharma provided a strong foundation for the chase, putting India in a comfortable position. When Virat Kohli walked out to bat at number three, the crowd anticipated something special, and Kohli didn’t disappoint.
Virat Kohli’s innings against Bangladesh was a treat for cricket enthusiasts. He started by playing a supporting role, anchoring the innings and ensuring a steady pursuit of the target. However, as the game progressed, he decided to shift gears, and that’s when the magic happened.
Kohli reached his century with a six, announcing his return to form in style. He remained unbeaten at 103 off 97 balls, a knock adorned with 6 fours and 4 sixes. This century was a testament to his class, technique, and the ability to adapt his game to the team’s requirements.
Kohli’s century against Bangladesh wasn’t just another feather in his cap; it was a milestone that shattered numerous records. Notably, he now holds the record for the most ODI centuries (33) scored in fewer than 100 balls. In achieving this feat, he surpassed the likes of AB de Villiers (25 centuries), his idol Sachin Tendulkar (24), and current Indian skipper Rohit Sharma (21 centuries). This achievement underlines Kohli’s unique ability to score centuries at a brisk pace.
Kohli currently stands at 48 ODI centuries, just one short of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49. The pursuit of Tendulkar’s record promises to be a thrilling journey for cricket fans.
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During the match, Kohli also achieved another significant milestone. He became the fastest cricketer to reach 26,000 runs in international cricket. He accomplished this feat in his 567th inning, outpacing the great Sachin Tendulkar, who reached this milestone in his 600th international inning during a Test match against England at Lord’s in 2007. This achievement solidifies Kohli’s position as one of the finest cricketers in the world.
Apart from his batting records, Kohli also holds another accolade. He now stands as the third player to win 40 Man of the Match awards in ODIs. This consistent excellence showcases his unwavering commitment to the game and the impact he consistently delivers for his team.